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Clandestine Vineyards Hearts & Minds Grenache 2021

Special Price $55.00 Regular Price $60.00
McLaren Vale Grenache is some of the very best produced in the world and the elevated and slightly cooler Blewitt Springs sub-region has a strong claim to being its best site within the McLaren Vale. This Grenache is sourced from low-yielding, 70+ year old, Blewitt Springs vines. No herbicides or pesticides are used in the vineyard and the wine is vegan friendly. The fruit is handpicked and open fermented before being transferred into 15% new French oak for a year before bottling unfined and unfiltered. There are red fruits, florals and spice, black olives, fleshy plum, plentiful acidity, and wonderfully fine, powdery tannins. A stunning Grenache.
Clandestine Vineyards Hearts & Minds Grenache
Wine Specs
Variety
Grenache
Region
McLaren Vale, SA
Vintage
2021
Winery
Clandestine Vineyards
Winemaker
Ben Riggs
Body
Medium
Sweetness
Dry
Drinking Window
Now - 2032
Bling
96pts Ray Jordan, 95pts Max Crus
Alcohol %
14.5
Closure
Screwcap
Size
750 mL
Biodynamic
No
Clandestine Vineyards is 100% owned & operated by Nick and Trudy Stacy. Trudy’s background is in events and project management, Nick’s in fine wine. Nick sold his wine import and distribution business to LVMH in 2003 before creating Vinaceous Wines in 2007. After selling Vinaceous Wines in 2020 he and Trudy developed and launched Clandestine Vineyards; selecting 15 individual growers from the best regions across WA, SA and VIC for their sustainable vineyards practices. Low-fi winemaking from grape to glass follows to make small, unique parcels of exceptional wine. This Grenache, sourced from a 71 y.o. Blewitt Springs bush vine single vineyard is testament to the depth of their industry relationships. It is a stunner.
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Region

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With such a broad portfolio, Ben picks up awards with regularity. Twice named Bushing King (for making the best wine at the McLaren Vale Wine Show), and winning the first two Great Australian Shiraz Challenges. His wines have also won best in show at the Sydney International Top 100 (1991 Wirra Wirra "Angelus").

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